Events & Programs

Marine Corps Painting on Temporary Display at The Depot

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, will unveil Minnesota artist Charles Kapsner's Marine Corps tribute painting at the Duluth Depot.  The temporary exhibition is an 8 foot by 10 foot oil painting and will include appearances by the artist. The painting will be displayed from May 17 to May 22, and Kapsner will be just outside Veterans Memorial Hall from 9am to 5pm.

This is the fourth in a series of five paintings honoring the women and men of each military branch. Regional in location, but national in scope, the paintings uniquely portray  the stories, faces, and sacrifices of our nation’s servicewomen and men. Kapsner’s paintings are larger than life and well received by the families of military service veterans.  Veterans and active duty military serve as models for the painting which includes soil from Mt. Suribachi which Kapsner ground into the paint as part of the depiction of the Marine flag-raising in 1945.

The artist previously created tribute paintings for the Army, Navy and Coast Guard. The last painting will pay tribute to the Air Force.  All the paintings will be on permanent display in Committal Hall, Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

For artist commentary and a follow-along photo gallery visit: For more information visit the Little Falls State Veteran Cemetery Page.                                           


Jay Hagen, Veterans Memorial Hall Program Assistant

St. Louis County Historical Society

506 West Michigan Street

Duluth, MN 55802


Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Events

The St. Louis County Historical Society is inviting veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, to share in a meal and conversation.

The Society received a grant through the Minnesota Humanities Center for focused programming on Vietnam veterans and those the war affected. The programming is centered on the PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Four events are scheduled to date with more in the planning stages. Those scheduled include

● May 26 from 5-7 p.m. in the American Legion Post #71, West Duluth

● June 28 from 6-8 p.m. in AICHO, Duluth

● Oct. 13 from 4-6 p.m. in the Hibbing Memorial Building

● Oct. 27 from 5-7 p.m. in the American Legion Post #71, West Duluth

At each event, those in attendance will view a short clip from the PBS Vietnam documentary. A facilitator will then lead a group discussion focusing on that clip. Audience members will be served a meal and asked to shares any thoughts or feelings in a small group as well. It is very informal, and nothing will be recorded.

These events are meant to be a safe space for veterans to share thoughts. The Society is hosting these events to open the discussion surrounding the Vietnam War, and to ask veterans to consider recording their oral histories for the Society’s archives.

The evenings are free, but RSVPs are required to plan the meals. For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact the Society at 218-733-7586.

Minnesota Remembers Vietnam is an initiative led by Twin Cities PBS aimed at inspiring Minnesotans to remember, share stories, recognize bravery, express their reasons for dissent, and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war. TPT is partnering with the Minnesota Humanities Center to bring public conversations around these topics to communities across the state, thanks to support from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


2018 VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk


Click VMH-5K to view and print the application.

Online registration:


Veterans Memorial Hall is again sponsoring the VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 19. The race begins at 9:00 AM. Join us for the race at The Other Place Bar and Grille, 3930 East Calvary Road in Duluth. Free parking is available for participants across the street in the Voyageur Bus Company lot. This annual event is open to all ages.  Runners may register ($25) on-line with a credit card at

Registration forms are also available at the administrative office of the St. Louis County Historical Society, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota.  Completed forms may be returned with payments (cash or check) to the Society’s administrative office.  

Please direct questions to John Werner, Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee Member, at

Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1910 and is a joint program between the St. Louis County Historical Society and military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota. Its mission is to gather, preserve, interpret and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities.  There are more than 7,500 veteran stories on the website

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